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BORGES, Moema da Silva; PINHO, Diana Lúcia Moura  and  SANTOS, Silvéria Maria dos. The social representations of traditional midwives and their way to care. Cad. CEDES [online]. 2009, vol.29, n.79, pp.373-385. ISSN 0101-3262.

Based on the Sociology of Absences and Emergencies by Boaventura de Souza Santos, this paper discusses the social representations of the know-how of traditional midwives. It seeks to highlight the need for a dialog between different knowledge and indicates that popular education can contribute to an ecology of knowledge and to the educational practice of health professionals.

Keywords : Popular education in health; Social representations; Traditional midwives.

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